Prominent Citizen Passes Away
Thomas W. Sayers, Union Veteran and Lifelong Resident of Waynesburg, Dies in His 73rd Year.
Thomas W. Sayers, a veteran of the Union army and prominent resident of Waynesburg, died in the Waynesburg hospital, Saturday, January 27, at 4:30 p.m., of kidney trouble. He had been in failing health for some months.
He was born in aynesburg, July 29, 1844, being a son of William W. and Rebecca Adams Sayers, and resided here throughout his life of nearly three-quarters of a century. His parents had also been born here and spent their entire lives in Waynesburg.
At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Sayers enlisted in Tyler's Light Artillery, and independent organization; and served his country faithfully. He was a member of Col. J. F. McCullough Post G. A. R.
He had devoted much of his life to the occupation of farming and stockraising, owning several farms in the vicinity of Waynesburg.
For several years he had led a retired life but was a stockholder and officer in various business enterprises. He was at the time of his death a director of the Peoples National bank.
He was one of the original stockholders and a director in the Waynesburg Electric Light and Power company and had also been a stockholder and director in the Waynesburg Fair and Agricultural Association.
He was a member of the Presbyterian church and his life was an example of upright Christian character. He was esteemed by all of his friends and acquaintances.
He was united in marriage Dec. 25, 1875, to Miss Jennie Fordyce, of Fordyce, this county, whose death occurred October 24, 1907. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Grace Montgomery, wife of Attorney W. C. Montgomery, and Mrs. Lucy Baily, wife of Harry F. Baily, of Waynesburg. His eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary Horne, died a few years ago. Four grandsons and one granddaughter are surviving. He is also survived by two brothers, B. F. Sayers and R. A. Sayers, of Waynesburg.
Funeral services were held from his home on Cumberland street, Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by the Rev. J. W. Lewis. The funeral was attended by the members of the McCullough Post in a body. Interment in Green Mount cemetery.
Waynesburg Republican, February 1, 1917 (Greene County, PA)
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